Mental health treatment: how diet can help

The food you eat has a very huge impact on your mind. This is why they say ‘you are what you eat’. Nutrients have a lot to do with your brain and its functions. According to a research, dietary factors do make a difference to your mental health. Therefore, good nutrition is good for your mental health.

There are many evidences saying that food plays an important and contributive role in managing, developing and nurturing mental health. Therefore, a lot of health professional, doctors and psychiatrists specially do recommend a healthy diet that can result in a positive difference in the mental health.

Below are a few dietary and healthy tips that can help you enhance your mental health.

Having the right meal is a simple mental health treatment.

Eat Fruits, Veggies and Fish
The one statement above covers everything. You need to make sure you consume a healthy diet that covers everything from fruits to vegetables to fish. This is because your body needs all the vitamins and nutrients for it to work properly. Concentrating on one thing and neglecting others can be harmful.

Some foods that have been proven to be beneficial include fish (contain omega oils), carrots and various types of dry fruits including nuts etc. Also, consume fresh fruits and not canned meals.

Fluids
The human body needs fluid for it to function properly. As per research, we need to consume about 1.9 liters of water every day. In addition to water, one should also drink other types of fluids such as fresh juices. Plus, dairy products are also very important for mental health.

An adult loses 2.5 liters of fluid every day. In order to recover lost fluid, you need to hydrate your body otherwise it will lead to dehydration, reduce mental functioning and result in a loss of concentration.

Things to Avoid
When we discuss what to eat and drink, we also need to discuss what to avoid in order to have a healthy mind. Let’s have a look:

  • Drinking: You have to bid adieu to alcohol. There are contradictory reports on the use of alcohol, especially its impact on mental health. Many say it is beneficial in the long run, but most reports speak otherwise. Hence, it is better you stay clean.
  • Smoking: Smoking is injurious to health! This is one statement you should keep in mind. Smoking, like alcohol, is addictive and can impact your mental health.
  • Others: Say no to tea, coffee, energy drinks and cola because these contain caffeine that, if consumed in huge amounts, can impact your health in a negative manner. To a certain extent, the effect of caffeine on the brain is similar to the symptoms of klonopin withdrawal.

Correction:
Many people think that supplements are an alternative to healthy diet but actually they are not. Therefore, it is very necessary to eat good food and choose reasonable and healthy fluids in order to maintain balanced diet.

Supplements can be good, but they are not an alternative and you should not solely depend on pills.

Reference
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/d/diet/

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